Welcome to my website! I'm Emmanuel Baiden and I am private chef living in Richmond, VA. My goal is to serve my clients beautiful and delicious meals they will never forget. My background in cooking stems from my Ghanaian upbringing and my classic training in the United States. You can expect to enjoy meals which will elevate your tastebuds and carry you around the world with fusion flavors. I am open to exploring travel opportunities outside of Richmond, so please don't hesitate to reach out.
My culinary journey began when I was 12 years old. Growing up in Ghana, it was uncommon to see boys in the kitchen---that was a "place for women"---but I constantly found myself there right next to my mother. The one who taught me everything I know about food.
Five years ago I moved from Ghana to pursue a degree in Business Management at James Madison University in Virginia. I quickly came to understand that I loved being involved in business, but my passion was deeply rooted in hospitality. Having the ability to serve people and seeing them happy was what I had always wanted to do, and cooking seemed to always be at the center of my life. This led me to reevaluate my career path and pursue a degree in hospitality.
I worked my way through kitchens in college and landed an internship in Hospitality Management at Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Charlottesville, VA, a Five Star Forbes rated establishment. I worked all departments in the front and back of house to thoroughly understand the holistic operations of the industry. Upon graduation, I worked at a few more restaurants and went back to Keswick Hall to cook. Being the entrepreneur that I am, it was only right that I took all the knowledge I have gained in the industry and pursue the private side of the culinary industry.
Your food is supposed to be your medicine and your medicine is supposed to be your food. - African Proverb
Let me just tell you his meals are absolutely amazing! They are healthy and all the ingredients are fresh! Since becoming Vegan it has been hard to make healthy satisfying meals but Manny has help to take the guess work out of it!! He is very accommodating and professional!! He has a lifetime customer in me!!!
Chef Manny catered a recent event that I hosted. Not only did Chef Manny customize a menu for me based on my needs and the specifics of my event, he went above and beyond and checked in with me to ensure that the menu was to my standards (which are high!). On the day of the event, I was completely impressed with Chef Manny's calm demeanor and ability to work quickly under pressure to create a polished and stunning feast for our event. Since he cooks everything himself, you will only get the best - the best flavors, the best variety, and the best results! If you're looking for someone to cater your event with an upscale flair please check out Chef Manny - you won't be disappointed!
"Chef Manny is one of the best private chefs! He walks you through his entire process and ensures that you and your preferences are in every detail. His dishes are excellent and service is impeccable. I would highly recommend him for any catering needs!"